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Van Damme encourages comments on proposed TV licence fees for streaming services

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Phumzile Van Damme has encouraged the public to formally make their voices heard regarding the SABC’s plan to expand the definition of the licence to include services like Netflix.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Phumzile Van Damme took to Twitter on Tuesday, 20 October 2020, to explain that the bill by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to have citizens pay for streaming platforms, such as Netflix, is open for comments. The story made headlines earlier in the day, with strong opposition by citizens being expressed on social media. Van Damme used her post to remind South Africans that it is still in their hands to not have the suggestion by the SABC promulgated.

However, some have reported an error when submitting their emails of opposition. On Wednesday, 21 October 2020, Van Damme tasked the Director-General of the Government Communication and Information System (GCSI), Phumla Williams, with attending to the matter.

According to an exchange between the two, the technical issue has now been fixed. This means that comments from the public can now be submitted. The deadline for comments is Monday, 30 November 2020.

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